|Rep. Greg Walden, R-Hood River|
Unfortunately, those campaign contributions do nothing for residents in Oregon's 2nd Congressional District.
This article lays out the case against Walden, a lifelong politician. Here is the official letter of complaint filed by the non-partisan Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.
Apparently, Walden, as chairman of the National Republican Campaign Committee, approved websites that look like they're for Democrats, but when you want to contribute to that Democratic campaign, your money instead goes to the NRCC.
Yeah, that qualifies as deceptive, if not fraudulent.
Republicans are struggling to attract donors to their brand because it's proving toxic to young people and those who are more tolerant.
This doesn't mean that Walden, first elected in 1998, faces any obstacle to reelection this fall. This is the only safe Republican district in Oregon. It comprises a geographical area the size of New England, but with a voting population of roughly 400,000. Republicans enjoy an estimated 50,000 advantage in terms of registrations.
Walden is tight with House Speaker John Boehner. It's safe to assume the highest ranking Republican in the nation is cool with using fraud to attract donations.
Some party, that GOP.